by jennifer kiley
i became addicted to words & the dictionary at a very young age. it enabled me to discover the meaning of life. i would start with one word & within the definition of that word I would discover another word that needed defining. it was a path of learning that led me to the understanding of my world. the people around me, when i was a child, were no help in guiding me toward knowledge. instead they wanted to keep me in darkness. i wanted to follow the light into a foundation for wisdom. reading this post reminded me of those days. i rediscovered that delight that reading the dictionary brought to me as a child when i discovered wordnik in its infancy. the site was like discovering pure joy. it is a regular tab opened always on my web browser. when i want to be amused & delve into the experience of the pure ecstacy of following the word trail, that may have started out as a feeling i wanted to understand on a deeper level, wordnik would satisfy my need. it would help me to grasp the multi-dimensions of that which i was seeking. also, when i am in the middle of working on a writing project, whether it be for a blog post or poem or a comment or working on a screenplay, wordnik is my go to source for discovering the exact word or words i was trying to think of in my mind to fit precisely what it was i wanted as the perception of my idea. this post titled “dictionaries” elaborates on a plethora of choices beyond wordnik that would satisfy any wordsmith who reached orgasmic satsifaction from the world of words & their importance to writers or anyone who wants to understand more in depth that which they are reading or speaking, or just in listening to what the world is trying to share with us. a great post worth the time to read.
At a WordPress conference this past weekend, I learned about an online service called Wordnik that brings social interaction to online dictionary use. In addition to a word of the day, a blog, and some community features, the site has a pretty snappy search engine and provides etymologies, synonyms, contexts, pronunciations, and the ability to save word lists (for example “words I’d like to use one day”). The site also aggregates tweets and Flickr images relevant to a given word, and you can comment on and tag words to add metadata of your own. I haven’t played with it much, but it looks kind of neat. If you’re a word nerd like me, maybe Wordnik will be up your alley; I’m still trying to figure out a good way to incorporate it seamlessly into my reading and writing on the web.
Poking around at the Wordnik site got me to…
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